Mas del Serral 2007

Mas del Serral is a pathway with a single destination: the origin. Is where the past and the future meet; offering something lasting in the future but also working on it with the ways of yesteryear.

Rainy and wet vintage. A harvest of medium production, with good sugar and acidity balances. During the harvest the temperature was rather cool, and we had 4 days of rain. We made a very rigorous selection of grapes in the vineyard.

During the whole agricultural year, it rained 654.9 mm (the average over the last 20 years is 517.8 mm and the average of the last three years of drought is 387.8 mm). The average temperature was 15.2 °C, similar to the average of the last 20 years.

A harvest of quality. Concentrated, round and good acidity wines.

The soils on the Estate are calcareous. The first layer comprises roots of up to 1 meter that live in the clay along with nutrients, organic matter and water. Second layer, from 1 meter down. This is where the plant meets the compact clays known locally as galera. Calcareous base rock encrusted with marine fossils.

The varieties we have planted are Xarel·lo and Bastard Negre, an ancestral variety that Pepe is trying to recuperate.

In winemaking, we go to the limit and from 2014 - in the garage of the Mas del Serral- we make natural parcel vinification of: “La Vinya del Mas”, “La Vinya del Noguer” and “ Les Terrasses del Serral”.

Mas del Serral is a sparkling wine that comes from the Xarel·lo and Bastard Negre vines that have been co-planted since 1954, in the Clos del Serral plot, within the Raventós i Blanc estate. A plot that in 2005 Pepe Raventós, the 21st generation of winegrowers working on this estate, recognised as exceptional and decided to work and care for it like a garden.

Clos del Serral is, without a doubt, the most emblematic plot of the family estate.  It has a unique microclimate due to its north/northwest orientation; a slight slope and thanks to the fact that it is protected by the Serral forest. Its soils are also calcareous with a large amount of marine fossils that provide a unique mineral character in the mouth.

We worked with biodynamic viticulture and carved only with the help of our Breton horses, without any type of machinery - zero CO 2 emissions in this plot, 0 soil compaction … - and with vines over 80 years old: Clos del Serra became the origin of this wine. In 2007 Pepe Raventós decided that this would be the ideal habitat for the production of an exceptional sparkling wine: Mas del Serral.

In Pepe’s words : “This is the wine I always dreamed of making, since harvest 2004 with Didier Dagueneau at Sant-Andelain; the most mineral sparkling wine”

This is a sparkling wine that begins with a harvest in boxes and a subsequent second selection, grain by grain, in the Mas garage, and ends with a quiet 100-month rest on the lees.

Bottles: 400

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